On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 1

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 286

  • 1261 Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (1308-26), born in Annery, Devonshire, England (d. 1326)
  • 1459 Conrad Celtes, German humanist scholar, born in Wipfeld, Germany (d. 1508)
  • 1462 Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer, born in Trittenheim, Germany (d. 1516)

John Napier

1550 John Napier, Scottish mathematician and inventor (logarithms), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1617)

  • 1552 Edward Coke, English Chief Justice and politician (defended common law), born in Mileham, Norfolk, England (d. 1634)
  • 1605 Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, Portuguese rabbi, scholar and writer, born in Castro Daire, Portugal (d. 1693)
  • 1633 Gabriel Schütz, German musician, composer, and teacher, born in The Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck (now Lübeck, Germany) (d. 1710)
  • 1635 Marquard Gude, German archaeologist and classical scholar famous for his collection of Greek and Latin inscriptions, born in Rendsburg, Holstein (d. 1689)
  • 1659 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator and explorer (1st European to discover Easter Island), born in Middleburg, Netherlands (d. 1729)
  • 1663 Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Filipino Religious Sister of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Bonondo, Manila, Philippines (d. 1748)
  • 1669 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, born in Villarroya de la Sierra, Aragon, Spain (d. 1723)
  • 1673 Alessandro Marcello, Italian composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1747)
  • 1687 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, born in Alsfeld, Hessen (d. 1733)
  • 1690 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1768)
  • 1707 Frederick Louis, English prince of Wales and son of George II, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1751)
  • 1710 Konrad Ernst Ackermann, German actor and theatre director (Die Oberpfalz), born in Schwerin, Germany (d. 1771)
  • 1757 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), born in Prescot, Lancashire, England (d. 1823)
  • 1758 Agustín de Betancourt, Spanish civil engineer (steam engines, hot air balloons), born in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife (d. 1824)
  • 1761 Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
  • 1763 Thomas Campbell, founder (Church of Disciples in America)
  • 1789 Hippolyte-André-Baptiste Chélard, French violist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1861)
  • 1791 Charles-Joseph Sax, Belgian music instrument builder of wind and brass instruments whose son invented the saxophone, born in Dinant, Wallonia, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • 1796 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (d. 1865)
  • 1801 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, Swedish lieder and classical composer, born in Skänninge, Sweden (d. 1878)
  • 1801 Thomas Cole, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School)
  • 1801 Émile Littré, French lexicographer (d. 1881)
  • 1805 Auguste Blanqui, French revolutionary (workers' leader)
  • 1807 William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
  • 1810 Charles Lenox Remond, African-American orator and abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1873)
  • 1819 Henry Lawrence Eustis, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1820 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (d. 1897)
  • 1827 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1829 John Potts Slough, American politician, lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1833 Henry McNeal Turner, Newberry South Carolina, Minister and politician, 1st African American Methodist Bishop (d. 1915)
  • 1836 Emil Hartmann, Danish organist and composer (Towards The Light), born in Copenhagen (d. 1898)
  • 1839 James A Herne [J Aherne], US playwright (Hearts of Oak)
  • 1841 William Henry Davenport, American stage magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1877)
  • 1844 Eduard Adolf Strasburger, German botanist (Angiospermen)
  • 1844 Granville Stanley Hall, American psychologist
  • 1851 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (d. 1908)
  • 1859 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), born in Guernsey, Bailiwick of Guernsey (d. 1924) [he believed he was born in Dublin, Ireland] [1]
  • 1869 Johannes "Frits" Bakker Sr., Dutch actor (Holland Tooneelgezelschap), (d. 1943)
  • 1872 Paul Fort, French poet/founder of Vers et Prose
  • 1872 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
  • 1872 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (d. 1927)
  • 1873 Clara Butt, British contralto (Country of Hope & Glory; Elgar's "Sea Pictures"), born in Southwick Sussex, England (d. 1936)
  • 1873 Joseph Allard, Canadian fiddler (d. 1947)
  • 1873 John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross (d. 1901)
  • 1874 Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian poet/dramatist/essayist
  • 1877 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, British composer (The Wind Among The Reeds), and teacher, born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Hattie Wyatt Caraway, politician/teacher/1st woman elected to senate
  • 1878 Milan Hodža, Slovak politician (d. 1944)
  • 1880 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian composer, born in Lugo, Italy (d. 1955)
  • 1881 José Ignacio Quintón, Puerto-Rican composer (El coquí; Requiem por Angel Mislán), born in Caguas , Puerto Rico (d. 1925)
  • 1881 Tip Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder and captain (26 Tests, 35 wickets), born in St Mark's, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1966)
  • 1883 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), born in Vladikavkaz, Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1884 Bradbury Robinson Jr., American football pioneer who threw first legal forward pass in the history of American football in 1906, born in Bellevue, Ohio (d. 1949)
  • 1884 Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian novelist/playwright (We)
  • 1884 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • 1885 Camille Chautemps, premier France
  • 1887 Dirk Roosenburg, Dutch architect
  • 1887 Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (d. 1947)
  • 1889 Gertrude Caton-Thompson, British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia)
  • 1892 Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer and musicologist (Amsterdam Concert Hall), born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1894 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer ("The Charleston": "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)

John Ford

1895 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (d. 1973)

  • 1895 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), born in San Marcos, Nicaragua (d. 1956)
  • 1896 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Denise Robins, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss), born in London, England
  • 1899 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1900 Stephen Potter, humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders)
  • 1900 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1961)

Clark Gable

1901 Clark Gable, American actor (Gone With The Wind; It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', born in Cadiz, Ohio (d. 1960)

  • 1902 Carlo Borbolla, Cuban pianist, organist, and composer, born in Manzanillo, Cuba (d. 1990)

Langston Hughes

1902 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues), playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1967)

  • 1902 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (d. 1947, by execution)
  • 1903 Georg Rendl, Austria miner/beekeeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
  • 1903 Carl Reynolds, American baseball outfielder (2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings 1930; Chicago WS), born in LaRue, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1904 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger-mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in New York City (d. 1946)
  • 1905 Ernst Carl Gerlach Stueckelberg, Basel Switzerland, eminent mathematician and physicist
  • 1906 Hildegarde [Sell], American cabaret vocalist (“Leave It To The Girls"; "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup"), born in Adell, Wisconsin (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Pierre Cardevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Helen Chandler, American actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1906 Pierre Capdevielle, French composer, conductor, music critic, and educator, born in Paris (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Alan Strode Campbell Ross, professor (coined the terms U & non-U)
  • 1907 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, born in Tietê, São Paulo (d. 1993)
  • 1907 John Canaday, art critic (Metropolitan Museum of Art Portfolios)
  • 1908 Albie Booth, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Yale University), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1959)
  • 1908 Edward Staempfli, composer
  • 1908 George Pal, Hungarian/American director (When Worlds Collide, Puppetoons)
  • 1909 Douglas Hall, Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
  • 1909 George Beverly Shea, American gospel singer, born in Winchester, Ontario
  • 1910 Jahangir Khan, Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests India; Pakistan selector), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 1988)
  • 1910 Michael Kanin, American director, writer and actor (Woman of the Year, Teacher's Pet), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, Test pilot
  • 1914 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India (d. 2012)
  • 1915 Stanley Matthews, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), born in Ruple, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Gordon Hobday, Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire)
  • 1916 Bruce Gordon, American actor (The Untouchables), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1917 Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), born in Ujiyamada, Mie Prefecture, Japan (d. 1944)
  • 1917 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1918 Maurice Laing, life president (John Laing)

Muriel Spark

1918 Muriel Spark, Scottish writer (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2006)

  • 1920 Kenneth Bond, former vice-chairman
  • 1920 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), born in Beijing, China (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Renata Tebaldi, Italian lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski, professor of Cushtic Languages
  • 1922 Clifford McWatt, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests, 10 dismissals), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Ursula Mamlok (nee Meyer), German-American avant-garde composer, and teacher, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Emmanuel Scheffer, Israeli soccer coach (Israel 1968–70, 78–79; only World Cup appearance 1970), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1924 H. Richard Hornberger, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Ben Weider, Quebec businessman and author
  • 1926 Douglas Johnson, British historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Peter Crill, Bailiff of Jersey
  • 1926 Stuart Whitman, American actor (Capt Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1926 Vivian Maier, American street photographer unknown until her death, born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Galway Kinnell, American author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist and photographer
  • 1928 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Tom Lantos, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • 1930 Shahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh, 1996-2001), born in Pemal, Bengal Presidency, British India (now Bangladesh)
  • 1930 Mario Beaulieu, Quebec politician (d. 1998)

Boris Yeltsin

1931 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and President of Russian Federation (1991-1999), born in Butka, Sverdlovsk, (d. 2007)

  • 1931 Madeleine Berthod, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold women's downhill 1956), born in Château d'Oex, Vaud, Switzerland
  • 1931 Mark Richmond, CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council)
  • 1932 John Hart, American TV journalist (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • 1933 Reynolds Price, American writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light)
  • 1933 Sadao Watanabe, Japanese jazz and bossa nova saxophonist, and flute player, born in Utsunomiya, Japan
  • 1934 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), born in Hilo, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Ruth Clarke, Moderator (General Assembly of the United Reform Church)
  • 1935 Vladimir Viktorovich Aksyonov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 22, T-2)
  • 1936 G H Blake, Principal (Collingwood College, Durham U)
  • 1936 Azie Taylor Morton, 35th Treasurer of the United States (d. 2003)
  • 1937 (Isaac) Don Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), born in Brownie, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), born in Southport, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Jacky Cupit, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1963; PGA Tour Rookie of Year 1961; 4 titles), born in Longview Texas
  • 1938 Jimmy Carl Black [Inkanish], American rock drummer (Mothers Of Invention, 1965-69; Muffin Men, 1993-2008), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Sherman Hemsley, American actor (All in the Family; The Jeffersons; Amen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), born in Panama (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Del McCoury, American bluegrass guitarist and singer, born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Paul E Gillmor, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1939 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), born in Ismaïlia, Egypt (d. 1978)
  • 1939 Joe Sample, American jazz and session keyboardist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1940 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), born in Angers, Quebec (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Anatoli Firsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; 8 x World C'ship gold), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Franco Nones, Italian cross country skier (Olympic gold 30k 1968; first non-Scandinavian and Soviet/Russian male to win Olympic cross-country gold), born in Castello-Molina di Fiemme, Italy
  • 1941 Robert Walmsley, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1941 Karl Dall, German television host
  • 1941 Jerry Spinelli, children's author
  • 1942 David Sincock, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1942 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), born in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Muna Wassef, Syrian actress (The Message) and UN Goodwill ambassador, born in Damascus, Syria
  • 1942 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Josceline Dimbleby, cookery writer
  • 1943 Tina Sloan, NY, actress (Lillian-Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow)
  • 1944 Leo Burmester, American actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1944 Tommy Duffy, American musician (Echoes), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Mike Enzi, American accountant, and politician (US Senator from Wyoming (R), 1997-2021), born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Paul Blair, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1969, 73; World Series 1966, 70, 77-78; Gold Glove Award 1967, 69–75; Baltimore Orioles), born in Cushing, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Ole Buck, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1945 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), born in Imabari, Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Bart Braverman, American actor (Bobby-Vega$, Roy-New Odd Couple), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Elisabeth Sladen, English actress (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1946 Karen Krantzcke, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1968; Federation Cup 1970), born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 1977)
  • 1946 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Adam Ingram, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1947 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus (d. 1975)
  • 1947 Normie Rowe, Australian singer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1948 Debbie Austin, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in Oneida, New York

Rick James

1948 Rick James [James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.], American funk musician ("Super Freak"), born in Buffalo New York (d. 2004)

  • 1949 Jim Thorpe, American golfer (The Tradition 2002, 3 PGA Tour titles), born in Roxboro, North Carolina
  • 1950 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - "Breakdown"), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 1950 Rich Williams, American guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1951 Andrew Smith, British politician, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Clide "Sonny" Landreth, American blues and zydeco slide guitar player, born in Canton, Mississippi
  • 1952 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1953 Andy Mill, American alpine skier (non-placed Olympics, World C'ships; ex-husband of tennis player Chris Evert), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1954 Billy Mumy, American actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1954 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1955 Kate Ashbrook, British general secretary of the Open Spaces Society
  • 1955 Virginia Leng, British equestrian competitor (1986 World Champion), born in Malta
  • 1956 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor & comedian, born in Sattenapalle, India
  • 1956 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NJ Devils) and coach (St. Louis Blues 2003-07), born in Newmarket, Canada
  • 1957 Donna Adamek, American tenpin bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81), born in Duarte, California
  • 1957 Dennis Brown, Jamaican reggae singer ("Money In My Pocket"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1999)
  • 1958 Maureen Madill, Irish golfer (British Open Amateur 1979, Curtis Cup 1980, coach 1998-2004), born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland
  • 1958 Jackie Shroff, Indian actor, born in Udgir, India
  • 1958 Luther Blissett, English soccer striker (14 caps; Watford, Bournemouth), born in Falmouth, Jamaica